Top cops abseil down Peacehaven cliffs for disabled veterans

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne with Chief Constable Giles York and the High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex Mark Spofforth and Michael Foster. SUS-160513-161535001
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne with Chief Constable Giles York and the High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex Mark Spofforth and Michael Foster. SUS-160513-161535001

Sussex Police bosses are set to abseil 1,15ft down Peacehaven cliffs to raise money for a disabled veteran’s charity.

In September, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Chief Constable Giles York will take part in a charity challenge in aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Worthing.

Mrs Bourne, Mr York and the other participants will get a bird’s eye view of the channel from the top, before descending down the Peacehaven’s chalk cliff face.

Mrs Bourne said: “I was honoured to be asked to help raise money for such a wonderful organisation.

“As the wife of a Falklands veteran, and the granddaughter of a First World War soldier of the Royal Sussex Regiment, showing support for all the men and women who serve our country is close to my heart.

“Like many people I am deeply saddened by the life changing injuries that many service men and women sustain from the traumas of war.

“I have never abseiled before but I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is a great opportunity to raise money to support the QAHH whilst helping to publicise the tremendous work of this charity.”

The PCC upped the stakes by inviting Chief Constable, Giles York, to abseil simultaneously down the cliff with her.

Mr York said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in this challenge and look forward to raising as much money as possible for QAHH.

“Sussex Police has a large number of staff and officers with military connections and with this year commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme I think that serves as a poignant reminder that we can all give something back.

“Here’s hoping we can also help raise the charity’s profile as high as the Peacehaven cliffs.”

The hospital specialises in care for those with brain injuries, neurological conditions, spinal injuries and those who have lost limbs. The Hospital Home provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy in order to help rehabilitate those that live there, with the result that they can live more mobile and independent lives.

QAHH head of fundraising Elizabeth Baxter said: “I would like to thank Mrs Bourne and Mr York for so kindly agreeing to do this in aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, and I send our heartfelt thanks on behalf of all the staff and residents. Needless to say their participation in the abseil will not only help publicise the event and encourage others to take part, but it will also create awareness of QAHH and the care we provide to disabled ex-Servicemen and women.

“We’d love to see more teams of friends and families sign up, or even colleagues, as this event could provide a great team-building opportunity for local businesses and organisations whilst at the same time raising vital funds for our work, caring for disabled veterans.”

Places must be booked in advance, and the registration fee is £25 per person. Participants are also asked to try to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

For further information on this event, or to sign up, please contact event organiser, Samantha Stokes, by emailing or calling 01903 218444.

You can show your support and encouragement to Mrs Bourne and Mr York by sponsoring them at

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @sussex_express

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Sussex Express - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.